All sinners – V1 to V5
I remember reading articles about the Orlando Night Club shooting, about how it was God’s judgement upon the sexually immoral, or how it was good and fitting for them to suffer in such a manner.
It’s interesting to note that Jesus never specifically says whether the Galileans/Siloam victims sin directly resulted in their suffering. The only question He poses to us is, “do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others”
Honestly, I’m still not sure if God does intervene and punish sin in such a direct manner anymore. I don’t think so, at least not to the degree that He did before (a subject for another time). Irregardless, our charge is not to debate over who got what for what, but simply to recognize our own fallen state and repent, that we may not perish.
What is our response? Repent.
Cutting down the trees – V6 to V9
It does not refer to salvation – to be planted does not mean the person is saved. The tree can choose to reject the surrounding nutrients, and eventually be cut down. It is not the bearing of good fruit that saves, but good fruit that evidences a rooted-ness into a soil that does save.
What does “cut it down” mean though? Perhaps I might have just answered my previous struggle over whether He does intervene in direct manners in direct retaliation towards sin. I still have so many questions though, yet only God knows the heart of all men, and dispenses justice perfectly.
Thank God I’m not in charge.